Painting Your New Home

Painting Your New Home


You just purchased a new home, the hard part is over now it’s time for the fun part, getting your new home together and decorated. One of the first things people look into after purchasing a new home is painting it. Being that many New York apartments are older it is not uncommon to find a hidden gem that might need some work done. Many people contact us to inquire about painting and immediately focus on the walls, not realizing other areas in their home that may require painting attention.

At City Zen Painting when requested, we like to set up appointments to meet clients at their homes to discuss the work that is needed, give different options, and go over other areas that clients might not realize need work done. It is not always as simple as a fresh coat of white, depending on how long ago the walls were painted we recommend painting two coats to make sure the true paint color is shown. In addition, before painting any wall we check for repairs that need to be made. When looking at what other areas might require attention, we look at any areas by the windows and ceilings that shows signs of water damage that need to be repaired properly, so it does not bleed through.  We also look at the condition of the doors, baseboards, window trims, and closets. While a quick fresh coat of paint on your walls might seem like the quickest and most appealing idea, really evaluating all the painting needs of your apartment makes all the difference when beginning to get your home together.

What are Color Consultations?

What are Color Consultations?


You may or may not already be aware but at City Zen Painting we offer free color consultations to our clients. We know that choosing a paint color might be the hardest part when deciding to paint, and we are here to try to make each step in this process as easy as possible. As part of our color consults, we can meet clients in their homes with a collection of color swatches to see what colors the client has been contemplating, the of type furniture they, their decor colors, how much natural light their home gets etc. We take all of this into account before making suggestions. This is very important when determining what shade of paint would work best with the home.

The paint color chosen should match or compliment your furniture, as well as match your decor styling. Not all color palettes work with modern styling and the same goes for a more classic or vintage styling. Now all this may seem like a lot to take into account, but that is why we are here to help and you will see it is really not as difficult as it seems. Give us a call so we can help you choose the right colors for your home.

Transform Your Home with Wallpaper

Transform Your Home with Wallpaper


You might ask why choose wallpaper over paint? While wallpaper might not be the first option that comes to mind when redecorating, it does offer some benefits that might make you reconsider painting. Quality wallpaper is durable and can last significantly longer than paint, it is also easy to clean. Wallpaper can hide any imperfections on walls that might not be possible to cover by painting. Wallpaper needs to be installed by professionals, luxurious wallpapers especially require more attention to detail to carefully install. Our team at City Zen Painting is very skilled in the installation and removal of wallpapers.

Design-wise one of the biggest benefits of using wallpaper is the various forms of colors, styles, prints, and even textures to choose from. Having a wallpaper as an accent wall and painting the rest of the walls with a color that compliments the wallpaper ties the colors in a room together perfectly. The same process used to pick a paint color should be used when picking wallpaper, think about how you want a room to feel to give you an idea of where to start, the right wallpaper can really transform a room.

The Simplicity of the Accent Wall

The Simplicity of the Accent Wall

An accent wall is a perfect, subtle way to add some creativity without the commitment to painting an entire home. Most people keep it simple and leave their homes painted white, I am guilty of this too, but with the addition of the infamous accent wall you could provide a pop of color to your home. This is a modern technique that satisfies your color craving, without being too intense. However, an accent wall does not always have to be a bold color. An accent wall can help bring the current colors in a room together. For example, if your walls are already a light color adding a few darker shades as an accent wall can make all the difference. If your walls are a neutral color but your furniture, such as your couch is not, you might want to pick an accent wall color that compliments the fabric and ties together colors in the room.

At City Zen Painting, we know that deciding from an abundance of colors might not be an easy task, and to help with this we offer free color consultations to help you choose the perfect accent wall color for your home. Accent walls are also a great opportunity to get creative. You can also go with metallic colors, lime wash paint or wallpaper; all of which adds the beauty to your home. The options are endless and makes all the difference when designing your home.

Picking a Paint Sheen

Picking a Paint Sheen

It is time to paint your home after you have tackled the hard part and picked a color, but now what? Next you have to determine the sheen or finish you want for your home to be painted in. The shinier the sheen is, the more durable and easier it is to clean. While durability and cleanliness can be important characteristics it is also necessary to take into account the design aspect of using different sheen.

The different types of sheen are flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Flat is best used for ceilings, matte or eggshells can be used on the walls. Satin is best used for kitchen or bathrooms due to its ability to withstand higher moisture levels. Semi-gloss can be used for the trim and doors. Additionally, high-gloss paint can be used on the cabinetry as well as semi-gloss since they are much more durable. We hope these tips and pointers will assist you in choosing the perfect finishes when painting your home.